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Ideas of Human Nature From the Bhagavad Gita to Sociobiology

ISBN-10: 0136475876
ISBN-13: 9780136475873
Edition: 1998
Authors: David P. Barash
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Description: Unique in both scope and organization, this book presents an intriguing yet challenging introduction to the world's great ideas concerning the nature of human nature with a sampling of different approaches. The selections are drawn from religious  More...

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Book details

List price: $100.80
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 1/28/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 294
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.364

Unique in both scope and organization, this book presents an intriguing yet challenging introduction to the world's great ideas concerning the nature of human nature with a sampling of different approaches. The selections are drawn from religious writings, academic treatises, nonfiction, fiction, etc. enabling readers to encounter the great thinkers through their own words. Organizes selections into intellectually coherent topics Religious/Mythic Views, The Mind, The Social Setting, The Human Animal? and then subtopics e.g., The Role of Reason, The Limits of Reason, People Are Basically Nasty, People Are Basically Good, Animals as “Human,” and Vice Versa, Sex and Gender, etc.

David P. Barash holds a Ph.D. in zoology & is professor of psychology & zoology at the University of Washington. He has been especially active in the growth & development of sociobiology as a scientific discipline.

Introduction: The Idea of Ideas of Human Nature
Religious Views
In the Beginning: Views of Creation and Being
Hindu: Bhagavad Gita
Buddhist: Prajnaparamita Sutra
Taoist: The Tao Te Ching
Judeo-Christian: Old Testament
Christian: New Testament
Muslim: Koran (or Qur'an)
Study Questions
Some Additional Readings
Body and Soul
Plato: Phaedo
Augustine: The City of God
Lucretius: On the Nature of Things
Aquinas: Summa Theologica and Summa Contra Gentiles
Study Questions
Some Additional Readings
The Mind
The Imprint of Experience
Locke: An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
Hume: A Treatise on Human Nature
Kant: Critique of Pure Reason and Critique of Practical Reason
Study Questions
Some Additional Readings
The Role of Reason
Plato: The Republic and Phaedrus
Aristotle: The Nicomachean Ethics
Smith: The Wealth of Nations
Doyle: A Study in Scarlet
Study Questions
Some Additional Readings
The Limits of Reason
Dostoyevsky: Notes from Underground
Crane: The Black Riders
Study Questions
Some Additional Readings
The Mind/Brain Problem
Descartes: Discourse on the Method, Meditations on First Philosophy, Treatise on Man, and Automatism of Brutes
La Mettrie: Man a Machine
Crick: The Astonishing Hypothesis
Study Questions
Some Additional Readings
Behaviorism
Watson: Behaviorism
Skinner: Science and Human Behavior and Beyond Freedom and Dignity
Study Questions
Some Additional Readings
Psychoanalysis
Freud: The Interpretation of Dreams, The Ego and the Id, Totem and Taboo, and Civilization and Its Discontents
Study Questions
Some Additional Readings
The Social Setting
People Are Basically Bad
Plato: The Republic
Augustine: The City of God
Hobbes: The Leviathan
Kafka: The Bucket Rider
Study Questions
Some Additional Readings
People Are Basically Good
Rousseau: Discourse on the Origin of Inequality (Second Discourse)
Kropotkin: Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution
Study Questions
Some Additional Readings
People Are Basically a Product of Their Cultures
Durkheim: Rules of Sociological Method
Boas: The Mind of Primitive Man
Kroeber: The Superorganic
Study Questions
Some Additional Readings
Marxist "Man" and Alienation
Marx: Comments on James Mill, The Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts of 1844, The Grundrisse, and Das Kapital
Markham: The Man with the Hoe
Study Questions
Some Additional Readings
The Pursuit of Power
Machiavelli: The Prince
Nietzsche: The Antichrist and Thus Spoke Zarathustra
London: The Sea-Wolf
Study Questions
Some Additional Readings
The Existential Imagination
Kierkegaard: Either/Or, Fear and Trembling, and Concluding Unscientific Postscript
Sartre: Existentialism and Humanism and Being and Nothingness
Camus: The Myth of Sisyphus and The Plague
Study Questions
Some Additional Readings
Sex and Gender
Wollstonecraft: A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
Mill: The Subjection of Women
Stanton: Introduction to The Woman's Bible
Woolf: A Room of One's Own
Beauvoir: The Second Sex
Gilligan: In a Different Voice
Study Questions
Some Additional Readings
The Human Animal?
Humans as Animals, and Vice Versa
Swift: Gulliver's Travels
Lorenz: On Aggression
Griffin: Animal Minds
Study Questions
Some Additional Readings
Evolution and Sociobiology
Darwin: The Origin of Species and The Descent of Man
Wilson: Sociobiology and On Human Nature
Dawkins: The Selfish Gene
Study Questions
Some Additional Readings
Uniquely Human?
Becker: The Denial of Death
Pinker: The Language Instinct
Westermarck: The History of Human Marriage
Study Questions
Some Additional Readings
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